November 1, 2021
Dr Samuel B. Mukasa joined the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to serve as Executive Vice President and Dean effective November 1, 2021.
âDr. Mukasa brings an abundance of academic and administrative experience to the ESF. I have every confidence in him and look forward to working with him on behalf of faculty and students to help propel the ESF to a new level. greater importance within the SUNY system and on a global scale, “said ESF President Joanie Mahoney.” I would also like to express my thanks and gratitude to Dr David Newman for serving as Interim Rector and Vice President of Academic Affairs for the past three years. David has helped lead the College through a period of transition as well as the many challenges of the pandemic. “
Dr Mukasa joins ESF after a distinguished leadership career at the University of Michigan (UM), the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the University of Minnesota. Most recently, he headed the Minnesota Marshal’s Office for global STEM education and research initiatives, with a particular focus on the Global South and Asia.
As Dean of the University of Minnesota, Mukasa served as CEO and Academic Director of the College of Science and Engineering, the university’s second-largest college, which includes 12 departments and 20 interdisciplinary research centers, and is ranked among the best engineers and scientific university programs in the country. He provided strategic and intellectual leadership and administrative oversight of the college and worked to advance its research, teaching and services.
Mukasa was previously Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Eric J. Essene Professor of Geochemistry at UNH. In this capacity, he led the development of a strategic plan for the college, the launch of new undergraduate programs, the hiring of several faculty groups to enhance interdisciplinary scholarships, and fundraising to revitalize and build new teaching and research infrastructures. Prior to his post at UNH, he spent 21 years at the faculty of UM, where he was Chairman of the Department of Geological Sciences (now the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences).
Mukasa holds a doctorate. in geochemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in geology from Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in geology from UNH. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York City and obtained a Certificate of Leadership in Higher Education from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard University. He also obtained a D.Sc. honorary degree from Nkumba University, Entebbe, Uganda, when he was the keynote speaker.
Mukasa is a highly regarded researcher in geochemistry, geochronology and petrology. His geochemical research in Antarctica, the Bering Sea, the Arctic Ocean and many other parts of the world has helped shed new light on the evolution of continents and the profound changes in the Earth’s climate system. He and his group have published nearly 200 research papers covering topics such as isotope and trace element geochemistry, petrology, geochronology and climate science. He was president of the Geochemical Society and a board member of the American Geophysical Union. Other leadership positions have included chairing the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Advisory Board and serving as a member of the National Academy of Sciences advisory boards focused on plate tectonics, scientific ocean drilling and research. climate change considerations, among many other scientific and professional leadership roles. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America.